. THE STORY OF ANNABEL LEE SHANGHAI
      Exquisite embroidery stitched in glittery silk is a Chinese folk handcraft which has been passed down for thousands of years as a cultural heritage, remaining a visible source of pride for China.
      Rather than having its roots in the arts, the legend of silk embroidery is derived from the daily sewing of civilian households, passed down from mother to daughter generation after generation. Eventually this common practice was transformed and developed into an art for decorating the imperial courts.
ANNABEL LEE SHANGHAI
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      The origin of the high quality silk fabric remains the same today as it has for centuries. Especially well known for being the source of the delicate Suzhou embroidery, the area south of the lower reaches of the Changjiang River is known as Jiangnan, where the capitals of a number of Chinese dynasties were once located.
      Beginning in Shanghai during the 19th century, traditional Chinese culture has been transformed by the introduction of Western culture. The miraculous spell that is still permeating the streets of Shanghai is a byproduct of this historical background.